Christianity is one of the world's most global religious traditions and is also the largest. Although it is associated with the culture of Europe and America, the numerical balance tipped in the late 20th century with the growth of the Christian population in other parts of the world. In the 21st century, the majority of the world's Christians are in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

With such a diverse population in continuous existence for more than 2,000 years, general descriptions can only have limited value. The obvious central and essential element in Christianity is Jesus Christ, the leading figure of the tradition. The particular forms, features, and role of Christ vary considerably; where there is some agreement, the membership has aggregated into denominations. Disagreements as to ...

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